There wasn't much left of any of us, yet we felt miraculous.
"I liked a girl who drank coffee, and we drank coffee with hazelnut creamer, and we were very happy" -Brandon Loper Loper’s doc follows the local production of coffee through to its global consumption. He travels to harvests in Rwanda and bean fields in Honduras, speaking to farmers and buyers about the crop’s economic and environmental implications. As the narrative progresses, he hunts down niche coffee shops from Tokyo to Portland, Seattle to New York. He drops in on artisanal cafes to investigate how each prepares its own special brews, and of course, to sample a cup.
Last week I had a familiar experience: I plugged one of my favorite songs (by the excellent drone metal band Earth) into Spotify’s radio feature and their first recommendation was worlds apart from my original. Yes, the genre and vibe were similar, but the song felt completely different to me. Put simply, I hated it. So I skipped ahead to the next song and then the next.
Like so many others, I gave up, and instead used Spotify as a way to stream music, not as a means of discovering great new songs.